The southern Willamette Valley is an abundant and fertile land. Our backyards are home to residual heritage apple trees that survived the residential construction booms of the last half-century or have been replanted with new apple varieties. Mature trees can produce an overwhelming volume of fruit for a single household, and the fallen fruit often becomes a pest attractant and clean-up chore. We help repurpose unwanted fruit by involving the community in the cider-making process. Locals bring in their apples (in the fall) and lilacs (in the spring) in exchange for tasting room vouchers. Besides realizing our vision to build community through cider-making, we also raise awareness of the need to steward our local lands by donating the proceeds from these ciders to nonprofits who preserve local watersheds or educate school children about self-sufficiency through gardening.
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